Distinguished Speaker Series:
Graham Worthy, Ph.D.
UCF Pegasus Professor, Chair of the Department of Biology and Director of the National Center for Integrated Coastal Research
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Tuscawilla Country Club
1500 Winter Springs Blvd.,
Winter Springs, FL 32708
Abstract: The term “coastal” defines more than just the outline of a state. The majority of Floridians would consider themselves to be coastal residents and nearly 16 million of us live in counties just a few feet above sea level. But one would argue that all of us should consider ourselves as being coastal citizens, even those in the interior of the State.
Coastal includes how far inland the marine environment influences and how far offshore the terrestrial environment influences. This equates to areas of up to 100 miles inland and would put Orlando under coastal influence. So if all of Florida is coastal, and all Floridians are coastal citizens, then all of us need to be concerned about coastal issues because, conversely, we’re all contributing to coastal problems.
Biography: Graham Worthy earned his Ph.D. in environmental physiology from the University of Guelph in Ontario Canada. He is the Hubbs-Sea World Endowed Professor or Marine Mammalogy and the Director of the Physiological Ecology and Bioenergetics Lab in the Department of Biology.
Professor Worthy’s research interests focus on understanding marine ecosystem function, and ultimately ocean health, through the study of marine mammals’ bioenergetics, feeding ecology, and habitat utilization. He has served on many boards and advisory panels on issues relating to marine mammal strandings, manatee conservation, and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and is currently co-Chair of the North American Region of IUCN Sirenian Specialist Group.